Sunday, 28 January 2018

Shadows of the Workhouse by Jennifer Worth

Many will be familiar with the television series Call the Midwife based on the life and books by Jennifer Worth.

In Shadows of the Workhouse, Worth relates particular stories from people she met who spent time in the London workhouses of the 1950s.

They are an interesting and important account of life and attitudes of the time that was not all that long ago and must not be forgotten.

While it highlights the poverty, suffering and hardships of the people, it also tells of their resilience, faith and humour.
It is beautifully written with tenderness and caring of the people she encountered without being overly depressing.

I borrowed the audio edition from my local library which is beautifully read by Nicola Barber

My rating 4*

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